Manila, PHILIPPINES (Dec. 10, 2013) – A standout finalist on “The X Factor Philippines”, neo-soul singer Jerrianne Mae “Jerah” Templo has just released her first self-written and independently produced single, “Together Nothing’s Gonna Fall”. Arranged and co-produced by American hit maker Keith Martin, the song headlines Jerah’s first record due for launch early next year.
Released on iTunes and Amazon.com on Nov. 12, 2013, “Together Nothing’s Gonna Fall” showcases Jerah Templo’s strong but soulful voice, which gained widespread praise on “The X Factor”. The international singing sensation Charice was describing her singing as “fierce and sensitive”. It was evident then that unlike many reality-show singing competitors and local artists, Jerah Templo is an elegant, expressive singer — a refreshing talent to counter mainstream pop.
The single is the fruition of years-worth of honing her skill via various contests, most notably GMA-7’s “Search for a Star” and ABS-CBN’s “X Factor”. Her steady career singing soul, blues, pop, and contemporary R&B in the live music circuit, which includes performances at The Mandarin Hotel’s Martinis Bar, Solaire Resort & Casino and The Peninsula Manila’s Salon de Ning, has helped define her sound. Meanwhile, her struggles growing up with very modest income, many career setbacks, and, finally, personal achievements as a wife and stepmom serve as the inspiration.
In fact, “Together Nothing’s Gonna Fall” is a narrative of beating the odds. Although written originally for her husband, the poignant song timely echoes the challenges that lay ahead for the survivors of super typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines. The tragedy has prompted Ms. Templo to dedicate it to those devastated, and donate a portion of the profit from iTunes and Amazon.com to their families.
“Together Nothing’s Gonna Fall” is the first single of Jerah’s soon-to-be-released album. The record will have 10 original tracks expressing her music: crossover “dirty” blues, soul, and pop. It features an impressive ensemble of collaborators, such as songwriter Paula Alcasid, and arrangers Gino Aguas, Mic Llave, and Keith Martin. This first track was executive-produced by Patrick Ritter, with Dante Tanedo as the sound engineer. It was launched with a music video directed by Win Ferrer of Sophia Photography.
Jerah Templo’s first original single is available for a listen on www.youtube.com/jerriannetemplo. It can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon.com.
For the latest news and upcoming performances, follow Ms. Templo on her official website at www.jerahtemplo.com and on www.facebook.com/jerahtemplo.
About Jerah Templo:
Jerrianne Mae Templo Ritter — known onstage as Jerah Templo — is a unique talent amid the local music scene, owing to her expressive, sexy, and soulful sound rarely encountered in mainstream entertainment. She started her singing career at the age of 12 in GMA-7’s "Search for a Star", where she went all the way to the Grand Finals. After battling with pneumonia she acquired when the competition wrapped up, Jerah bounced back with the Coro Cantabile Master Chorus. With the group, she toured through Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong, and performed for Gary Valenciano’s concert, “Rebirth”. On the side, Jerah is an accomplished scuba diver. She had worked as an underwater/adventure guide in Bohol.
In 2011, Jerah lent lead vocals to the house remix album "Dirty Party", published by the Japanese music label LD&K and produced by Gerry Diwa of Sound Weavers in Makati, Philippines. The record reached number 6 in the Japanese charts in September that year. Jerah has also performed with her own band at Salon de Ning at The Peninsula Manila and Martinis Bar in The Mandarin Hotel. In 2012, Jerah was selected as a finalist in ABS-CBN’s “The X Factor Philippines”, with team Charice. Aside from Charice, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, and Pilita Corrales were judges of the show, and all had showered praise on Jerah’s “fierce” but “sensitive” singing.
Fresh from the heels of “The X Factor”, Jerah began to write and produce her own songs, collaborating with notable arrangers, engineers, and instrumentalists. Her first full-length album is set for release early 2014.
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